Do You Dream of Being a Published Author?

SunloungerHow would you like to see your words appear alongside stories from Milly Johnson, Alexandra Potter, Tracy Bloom, Rosie Blake, Julia Williams, Chrissie Mansby and Roisin Meaney.

Enter the Sunlounger 2 short story competition and the dream could become a reality.

Last years winner Holly Martin has since soared to #5 in the Amazon Kindle chart, with her debut women’s fiction novel and is now signed with the Madeline Milburn agency along with other SUNLOUNGER authors Belinda Jones, Talli Roland, Carrie Duffy and Anna-Lou Weatherley!

Drop an email to sunloungerstories@gmail.com and the Belinda Jones Travel Club will send you a set of guidelines so you can get going along with your mini masterpiece.

WORD COUNT: 1000-3000 words

DEADLINE: May 7th 2014

SETTING: Somewhere summery (not UK)

SEND TO: sunloungerstories@gmail.com

WEBSITE: http://www.va-va-vacation.com/

THE WINNING STORY WILL APPEAR IN SUNLOUNGER 2 – out June 21st 2014

Book Review: The Guestbook by Holly Martin

The Guestbook

Hi everyone, welcome to my stop on The Guestbook blog tour. I hope it sounds your thing because this one is a little treat!

The GuestbookWhat’s it about?BBC 2014

Welcome to Willow Cottage – throw open the shutters, let in the sea breeze and make yourself completely at home. Oh, and please do leave a comment in the Guestbook!

As landlady of Willow Cottage, the young widow Annie Butterworth is always on hand with tea, sympathy or strong Norfolk cider – whatever her colourful array of guests require. A flick through the messages in the leather-bound cottage guestbook gives a tantalizing glimpse into the lives of everyone who passes through her doors.
This includes Annie herself – especially now celebrity crime writer Oliver Black, is back in town. He might grace the covers of gossip magazines with a different glamorous supermodel draped on his arm every week, but to Annie, he’s always just been Olly, the man who Annie shared her first kiss with.
Through the pages of the Guestbook Annie and Olly, along with all the guests that arrive at the seaside retreat, struggle with love, loss, mystery, joy, happiness, guilt…and the odd spot of naked rambling!

Forget sending postcards saying wish you were here – one visit to Willow Cottage and you’ll wish you could stay forever.

My thoughts

I’ve got a bit bored of typical romance novels as late but had promised to read The Guestbook as part of the Gosling Girls book tour. Well, I’m glad I did because this isn’t your usual style of chick lit rom-com novel. It’s a real breath of fresh air!

Each chapter is dedicated to a particular date when guests are visiting and via The Guestbook we’re treated to snippets of people’s lives of those who stay in the cottage.  Through these visitors leaving their messages we also learn about Annie and her life. There’s a real mix of relatable characters that bring the cottage and story to life…some you’ll love, some not so much (the awful Mrs Applecroft – I’m so glad she got her comeuppance!).

I like that my Kindle version had each person writing in a different font and their own identifiable writing style. You soon get to used to who’s who and I really liked this style.

As I was reading I did think these people are very open and honest in the things that they write in this book for all to read and then on the next page:

It seems that not having the pressure of talking face to face means that people can put what they really feel in this book.

Overall, an original heart-warming novel which will have you routing for Annie all the way!

Buy the book The Guestbook

**Now YOU can get involved too, here is Holly’s very own Guestbook online, take the time to visit and leave a comment and join in the fun**

http://theguestbookhollymartin.wordpress.com/

Connect with the author Holly Martin

Twitter | Website | Goodreads

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The Guestbook by Holly Martin cover reveal

Welcome to the cover reveal for Holly Martin’s The Guestbook which is due for release on Valentine’s Day.

Be sure to pop back later this month for my review as part of the book tour organised by the Gosling Girls!

Ta dah….here’s the cover >>

The Guestbook

And here’s the blurb…

Welcome to Willow Cottage – throw open the shutters, let in the sea breeze and make yourself completely at home. Oh, and please do leave a comment in the Guestbook!

As landlady of Willow Cottage, the young widow Annie Butterworth is always on hand with tea, sympathy or strong Norfolk cider – whatever her colourful array of guests require. A flick through the messages in the leather-bound cottage guestbook gives a tantalizing glimpse into the lives of everyone who passes through her doors.

This includes Annie herself – especially now celebrity crime writer Oliver Black, is back in town. He might grace the covers of gossip magazines with a different glamorous supermodel draped on his arm every week, but to Annie, he’s always just been Olly, the man who Annie shared her first kiss with.

Through the pages of the Guestbook Annie and Olly, along with all the guests that arrive at the seaside retreat, struggle with love, loss, mystery, joy, happiness, guilt…and the odd spot of naked rambling!

Forget sending postcards saying ‘wish you were here’ – one visit to Willow Cottage and you’ll wish you could stay forever.

Connect with the author Holly Martin

Twitter | Website | Goodreads

Pre-order the book here The Guestbook

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Hopelessly Devoted to Holden Finn by Tilly Tennant

Brought to you by the Gosling Girls Book Tours and Bookboodle welcome to the much anticipated cover reveal for Tilly Tennant’s new novel Hopelessly Devoted to Holden Finn!.

So here we have it, what you’ve all being waiting for….the gorgeous cover! Be sure to scroll down to see the brilliant celebrity crushes video and enter Tilly’s blog competition!

Hopelessly Devoted to Holden Finn

Here’s the blurb:

‘There’s only one man for Bonnie, and that’s Holden Finn. The problem is that Holden Finn is a twenty-three-year-old pop megastar with his boy band, Every Which Way, and has no idea she exists. Not only that, but half the women in the world want to be Mrs Finn, including Bonnie’s teenage daughter, Paige. The real men in Bonnie’s life do nothing but let her down, but a man you can’t possibly have can never do that… right? She’s safe inside her fantasy bubble.
Then Paige wins a radio competition to meet Holden and the band, and Bonnie’s carefully-constructed world starts to unravel. She is about to find out that you should be very, very careful what you wish for …’

Check out this awesome video of book bloggers revealing their celebrity crushes!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gx_P_1dWqbU&feature=youtu.be

About the author Tilly Tennant

Tilly TennantTilly Tennant was born in Dorset but now lives in Staffordshire with her slightly nutty family.  Tilly is married to Mr Tennant (not that one, though a girl can dream). She likes nothing better than curling up in a quiet corner with a glass of wine watching the world go by, but can more usually be found taxiing her daughters to parties or taking them on emergency shopping trips. After a huge list of dismal and disastrous jobs over the years, including paper plate stacking, shop girl, newspaper promotions and waitressing, she began working as a temporary secretary in a hospital to boost her income whilst doing a degree in English and creative writing. This job lasted nine years. Not terribly temporary. But it does mean that she knows just what it’s like to make monumental admin cock-ups, spend the month’s wages in the hospital coffee shop and fall in love with all the doctors. As she’s a smug married, however, it’s fortunate that the doctors in question don’t usually feel the same way.

Tilly is represented by the wonderful, gorgeous Peta Nightingale at LAW.

Connect with Tilly

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Giveaway

WIN a £10 amazon gift voucher by commenting on Tilly’s blog with your funniest celebrity crush encounter. Good luck to all who enter!

Enter here Tilly Tennant

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